Hensby to play Australian Open and PGA

BY Bruce Young | Australasian PGA Tour | 2005 Australian Open | General | 01 Sep 2005

After the confusion and frustration of the last few years, when Mark Hensby has missed out on the chance to play in Australasian Tour events, the 33-year-old has vowed to not only play events here this year but to go all out to win.

“I’m definitely playing the Australian Open and the Australian PGA,” he said today from his home in Phoenix. “I’m planning on coming down a few weeks early to prepare for them as I am keen to do well. I don’t want to come down just to go through the motions.”

Last year there was confusion for Hensby when he did not realise that by being inside the top 100 in the world he was eligible to gain a start at the Australian Open. He was disappointed that he had not been invited by the Australian Golf Union and so committed to an event in Korea the same week. Three years earlier Hensby had received an invitation to play the Mastercard Masters but on arrival at Los Angeles airport he discovered his passport had expired. Hensby did play two Nationwide Tour events in Adelaide and Christchurch in 2003 but his appearance here this season will be of great interest to Australian golf fans give his outstanding record in the majors this year.

He has performed collectively better than any other Australian in the majors in 2005 with a 5th placing at Augusta, a 3rd placing at Pinehurst and 15th at the Open Championship. In addition he won his first ever European Tour event when taking out the Scandinavian Masters in a playoff with Henrik Stenson and made the automatic list for the Presidents Cup.

Another port of call in his visit down under may be his his old work place at the Tamworth Post Office which was his base when he delivered mail as a postie before leaving for the USA in 1993. “I will be catching up on a few old mates while back in Tamworth.”

Hensby will play next week’s Linde German Masters before the HSBC World Match Play at Wentworth then head from there to the Presidents Cup in Virginia.

Photo – Anthony Powter

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